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AVAILABLE: Samsung releases 1st free Windows Mobile 6 ROM upgrades for the SGH-i600 [UPDATE 2]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 30.07.07 - 12:04:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 47035x
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This is the most interesting news for Samsung SGH-i600 owners and something historic for Samsung Windows Mobile devices! The Korean mobile phone manufacture just released the long awaited (and never officially announced) Windows Mobile 6 Standard ROM upgrade for its bestselling Samsung SGH-i600 and it's available for free for European i600 owners!
While it's actually available for certain countries only (Netherlands and Russia) other localized versions will follow soon (incl. France, Germany, Italy and the U.K.). Furthermore I got the word that all upcoming i600s will be sold with Windows Mobile 6 pre-installed!

During the past weeks, I was already able to pretest a Beta version on my SGH-i600 and I can tell you it rocks! Part of the Windows Mobile 6 ROM are Office Mobile (incl. Word Mobile, Excel Mobile and PowerPoint Mobile and support for Office 2007 XML-based file formats) as well as Windows Live and Windows Live Messenger (even if I'm not sure if I like it). And for sure, Samsung again put the Home screen carousel in the ROM:

As said, these downloads are/will be available free of charge for all European SGH-i600 customers but the ROM upgrade is designed for the i600 only. Don't try to upgrade a Samsung BlackJack (US version of the i600) since the radio parts are different (as well as the BlackJack excludes WiFi and the front-facing video telephony cam).
Keep an eye on the upgrade page to make sure you are not missing the release for your country.

UPDATE: As some users told me, it seems you definitely need a PC with Windows XP and ActiveSync 4.x as it seems Windows Vista and Windows Mobile Device Center doesn't lets you upgrade. Too bad, so make sure to either downgrade your PC before you try to upgrade your device or find a friend still running Windows XP. I'll keep you updated.

UPDATE: According to several reports from users which upgraded to the official Windows Mobile 6 bits, Office Mobile isn't part of the shipping version anymore (unlike I've reported above). According to a statement from Samsung Benelux, it was removed in favor of the Picsel Viewer. (See the full translation here - thanks to Robert Webbe for the follow-up)
That's too bad. While the Picsel Viewer is a great viewer, it doesn't allows you to edit and modify Word Mobile and Excel Mobile documents at all (which makes sense because it's a viewer only). So I'm sorry to say that the release version is different from the Beta version I had my hands on.

Cheers ~ Arne

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